Author: Matt Sienkiewicz

Matt Sienkiewicz (Boston College) is a documentarian of modest repute and a media scholar with aspirations towards modest repute. His interests include Western involvement in Palestinian broadcasting, Orthodox Jewish media and baseball cards. He believes he is the only man on earth who both a) has a kosher kitchen b) spent an hour in a room with Norwegian black metal band Satyricon and a vat of congealed pig fat. He is correct.

Creating is Collecting

The culture of contemporary baseball card collecting is an excellent example of how creativity can serve as a satisfying replacement for traditional economic incentives.

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Jewpacabra

Last week’s South Park episode, “Jewpacabra,” is just the latest in the program’s intermittent efforts to use their medium to introduce otherwise silenced elements of society and culture into the public sphere. Though packaged in exactly the sort of silliness and Jew jokiness that the title implies, the episode actually features one of the most interesting and authentic discussions of Judaism on TV.

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Discursive Disintegration

Politically engaged, “discursively integrated” comedy has become quite the buzz topic both within the television industry as well as the academy, with all sorts of attention being paid to programs like South Park, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show etc. Nowhere is this expectation for up-to-the-minute political satire made more apparent than in last week’s The Simpsons episode “The Greatest Story Ever D’ohd.”

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And You Thought We Didn’t Care

Last week Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention not to run for reelection (big) if and when a vote is held. This isn’t the forum to discuss the political significance of this move, but I thought I’d throw out some quick observations on the international media side of the story.

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Ricky Gervais likes Girls and Girls Like Status

So I’m not living in a place where my social life includes television or movie theaters or talking about things that aren’t terrifying. As a result I was not reduced to watching Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying by myself; I was reduced to watching some guy on the Internet’s camcorder recording of Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying by myself.

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